Japan: Core inflation flatlines in August
Core consumer prices—which exclude fresh food—dropped 0.10% from the previous month in August, swinging from the 0.40% rise recorded in July. August’s result marked the weakest reading since April.
Core consumer prices were flat on an annual basis in August, following July’s 0.2% year-on-year decrease. August’s flat reading ended a run of 12 months to falling prices. Meanwhile, the trend was unchanged, with the annual average variation of core consumer prices coming in at July’s minus 0.6% in August. Lastly, consumer prices for all items fell 0.4% on an annual basis in August, which was a sharper decrease compared to July’s 0.3% decrease.